the act of reading makes it appear to us for the time that we have lived another life – that we have had a miraculous enlargement of experience Henry James
…three aspects of the experience of reading fiction: language, the world, and the extension of our sympathies toward other selves.
We don’t read ‘in order’ to benefit in this way (experience more reality) from fiction. We read fiction because it pleases us, moves us, is beautiful, and so on – because it is alive and we are alive. James Wood
Paradoxically, at the same time as being able to be more self-indulgent by escaping into a world where no one can reasonably expect us to do anything, we have the luxury of putting ourselves and our needs, wants, and fears aside for a while; by being more selfish in a book, we become less self-ish. Ann Morgan